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Sharan Burrow was elected General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) in 2010. She was ITUC President from 2006-10, and before that President of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (2004-06). She is the first woman to have held any of these positions. Sharan began her career as a teacher and became involved in labour activism as a community organizer for teachers’ unions in Australia. The ITUC represents 200 million workers in 163 countries and territories and has 332 national affiliates.